Online video services provider KIT Digital is continuing to roll-up other firms in its market. The Prague, Czech Republic-based company is p…
KIT Digital has spent the last several years acquiring customers and new features by buying out competitors. That shopping spree continues, with the company announcing that it has purchased New York-based KickApps, San Francisco-based Kyte and Paris-based Kewego all for a total of $77.2 million.
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Kyte is pushing the social aspect of video distribution even further with the launch of a new framework for building applications that integrate with Facebook. The video distribution firm says the new Kyte Facebook Application Framework will allow its media customers to create interactive video experiences and more easily connect with their fans on the social network.
The application framework is designed to increase viral distribution of its customers’ videos by enabling viewers to find videos when browsing a publisher fan page and be notified when a new video is published. Kyte has also added support for new features that Facebook announced at its f8 developers conference last week, including social plugins that will allow its customers to add a ‘Like’ button to their videos or to embed a Facebook recommendations box on their page.
Kyte isn’t the only video distribution player to roll out support for Facebook’s new social video plugins. Brightcove also announced support for Facebook’s open graph and social plugins last week. But Kyte has been pretty aggressively pushing social video for some time. That, as well as a focus on mobile video sharing, has been a key differentiator for Kyte as it tries to sign up media companies to use its platform.
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Kyte rolled out the latest update to its white-label video management platform today, in an effort to provide its customers with easier-to-use workflow, scheduling, moderation and player management. The launch of Kyte Console 2.0, which went live this morning, marks a “complete reworking” of the platform, according to Kyte COO Gannon Hall, one that came after a year of examining how customers were using its dashboard and determining ways it could be made more intuitive.
The biggest changes that the console makes are around the user experience, reducing the number of steps it takes for customers to accomplish basic tasks and allowing them to customize the editorial workflow to streamline processes. The new console also provides more advanced scheduling of shows and other videos on the platform and the ability to create manual or smart playlists.